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Healthy Brains in Oregon: The Public Health / Dementia Connection

Increasingly, evidence shows that a public health approach to addressing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can have a significant impact in improving health, improving care, and decreasing health care costs. Alzheimer’s is a public health issue because the burden is large, the impact is major, and there are ways to intervene. Research now makes clear links between heart health and brain health. Public awareness efforts will help reduce the health impact of caregiving on families caring for a loved one. But how do we incorporate Alzheimer’s into existing public health efforts?

Join experts from OHSU, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Oregon Public Health Division to hear about how public health professionals can help address the impact of Alzheimer’s. Share your ideas on implementing the Healthy Brain Initiative – a public health road map developed by the CDC and the Alzheimer’s Association. Help develop an Alzheimer’s Public Health Toolkit for use by local public health professionals.

April 22, 2014
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union

Webinar participation options available as well


Featured Speaker – Dr. Joe Quinn, Professor of Neurology at OHSU

Via Webinar or in person at Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union (webinar ends at 12:30)

Lunch provided for in-person attendees

Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter, in partnership with:

For questions, or to RSVP, contact Sarah Holland at or 504-416-0214.

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® Informational Fair

May is Older Americans Month, and in recognition of this year’s theme of safety, the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter will be holding two informational fairs about MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®, a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. 

Six in 10 people with dementia will wander, and wandering can happen during any stage of the disease process. MA + SR can help mitigate risks associated with wandering and help maximize the safety of both people with dementia and their caregivers.

The MA + SR informational fairs will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter (1650 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 190), as well as from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Hollywood Senior Center (1820 NE 40th Ave.). For more information, contact Julia Luck at 503-416-0205 or  

Memories in the Making Art Auction

Date: May 29, 2014
Location: Portland Art Musuem

For more information, visit our gala page at

A Reason to Hope Community Breakfast

A Reason to Hope is a one-hour breakfast for sharing our mission with the members of the community. Attendees will hear poignant testimonies from people affected by Alzheimer's disease. This is a fundraising event; participants will be invited to give at the program's end. If you would like to become a table host and fill a table of 10 with your friends, family and colleagues, please contact Development Associate Kate Ray at or 503-416-0212.

Event Dates:

May 6, 2014
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

May 14, 2014
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Douglas County Fairgrounds
2110 Frear St
Roseburg, OR 97471

May 15, 2014
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rogue Valley Country Club
2660 Hillcrest Rd
Medford, OR 97504

May 22, 2014
7:30 am - 8:30 am
St. Charles Medical Center
2500 NE Neff Rd
Bend, OR 97701

May 28, 2014
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Eugene Hilton and Conference Center
66 East 6th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401 

For more information, visit our Reason to Hope page.






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